Ray was sitting in his apartment working on his column and watching a Nicks game. He was in the middle of making a sandwich when the doorbell rang. He went to open it to find Debra standing in front of him.

"Hi Ray," She said smiling.

"Deb, what are you doing here?" he asked stunned.

"Well I came to see you, why do you think I am here?" she responded, "Can I come in?"

"Oh, uh, yeah. I'm sorry. Do you want something to drink?" He asked.

"No, I'm fine. Ray I have been thinking about what you said the other day." She admitted.

"Really?" he said eagerly, "Oh, I mean, really?" he repeated changing his tone to seem nonchalant.

They sat on the couch next to each other awkwardly.

Debra finally looked at Ray, "Yes, I have and I want to give us another chance."

Ray was dumbfounded, "You do? What about Andy?" He asked.

"I have talked to him and we decided it would be best to just remain friends. He understood." She said.

Ray took her hand, "I promise you I will show you how much I have changed. Let me woo you all over again. How about we have dinner tonight?"

She smiled, "That sounds great. Ally can watch the boys. How about 7? You can pick me up." She suggested.

Ray couldn't help smiling himself, "Great! I'll see you later then."

"Okay, well I've got to go pick the boys up from soccer practice." She said heading to the door.

"Alright, well I'll see you tonight then." Ray wanted to kiss her so bad but he knew he needed to go slow.

"Goodbye Ray," Debra said, then kissed him lightly on the cheek as she walked out the door.


Ray got out of his car whistling. He couldn't believe this was happening. He couldn't contain is excitement as he knocked on the door.

Debra opened it and smiled, "Hi,"

"Wow, you look fantastic." Ray said nervously holding a bouqet of flowers.

"Well, you look pretty handsome yourself," She said then looking at the flowers, "Are those for me?"

"Oh, yeah, your favorite, lillies of the valley. I hope you still like them." he said as she took the bouqet.

"Yes, of course I do. Thank you." She said kissing him on the cheek, "I'll put these in water and we'll go." She said heading to the kitchen.

"Okay" he said looking around the living room.

"Alright, so where are we going?" She said walking back into the living room.

"It's a surprise." He said smiling.

"Well, well, aren't we being mysterious," She said as he helped her on with her coat, "Let me tell the kids we're leaving."

"Kids, we're leaving. We'll be back by ten." She called upstairs.

"Okay Mom." Ally, Michael and Jeffrey called back in unison.

"Mrs. Barone, your carriage awaits." Ray said opening the door.

After a wonderful dinner La Cirque Ray and Debra returned to the house.

"You want to come in?" She asked.

"Are you sure?" he responded.

Debra laughed, "I wouldn't have asked if I wasn't sure.

"Okay, yeah I'd like that." he said as he got out of the walked around and opened her door.

"Why thank you sir." She said and they walked up to the house and went inside.

"Would you like some coffee?" She asked as they hung up their coats.

"Sure, that sounds great."

Debra went into the kitchen and made the coffee and after a quick check on the kids they settled on the couch.

"Ray, tonight has been wonderful. Thank you." She said

"Well, I aim to please." he quipped but quickly became serious, "I wanted to make this evening special to start this off. You deserve the best and I want to give it to you."

Debra began to tear up, "Well you are certainly off to a good start." she said and to his surprise cuddled up close to him as she had done many times during their marriage.

He put his arm around her, "I want to take this at your pace. You give me the signals."

"Well how is this for a signal?" She wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him long and deep.

"Ooh, what the hell was that?" he asked when their lips parted.

"A signal." She said then kissed his neck.

"Deb, wait," he said.

"What? I thought this is what you would want?" She said confused.

"Oh, I do, I do. but I don't want you to do anything you're not ready for." he responded.

"Ray, I am all over you. I think I'm okay with it." She said.

"Well, if you're sure."

"Oh, I'm very sure," She said kissing him again, "let's go upstairs."

"Really? I mean you want to, you know?" he said in disbelief.

"I have wanted to for a long time. Come on." She said grabbing his hand and leading him up the stairs.

"Holy Crap!" Ray exclaimed